Our man is away….

And we are all starting to feel the stress and strain of 3 whole days and nights without him.

The children are great because they say and do and pray things I think but dare not articulate:

  • Please help the plane not to crash
  • Keep Daddy safe
  • Please make them cancel the conference so Daddy can come back sooner
  • Make the days go fast….no faster!

Today they all in some small way imagined him being here at breakfast, coming home for dinner.

I love seeing how much they love him and love sharing their day with him.

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Cow, cows and more cows…

We spent Sunday with friends on their Dairy Farm and it is calving time.

We saw many newborn calves and were up close and personal with the process of birth, life and death. The kids loved the day. The smells of the farm, the cow poo, the young one’s suckling and snuggling in as we visited each shed.

Lily got to stomp in poo and not puddles.


How about that?

Thank you God for making cows.

Freshcut Inspiration

In amongst the work of the day I have managed to:

  • Listen to a great talk on Sarah Edwards by Noel Piper
  • Cut and piece great fabric
  • Eat dark chocolate
  • Share dinner with my parents
  • Read Piper about praying and ransacking the bible!
  • Contemplate my calling as wife, mother, woman of God
  • Read some favourite blogs and browsed some new ones
  • Work- and say yes to more work
  • Clean
  • Try a new eyeshadow
  • Love my kids
  • Talk with “A” while he is away
  • Called a friend

The image is of Heather Bailey’s Freshcut range of fabric. These pieces are now sewn up and quilted, snuggled around two of my girls.

redwhiteyou

I am sure that no one in my family would have thought that as adults my siblings and I would be doing what we are doing, where we are doing it.

Together we write, play music, compose, perform, create, embrace technology, serve the community, consider issues of race and gender, educate, design, teach, blow up stuff, ride, punish our bodies, raise families of our own, worship and connect to God’s family.

One of my brothers started an online magazine.

www.redwhiteyou.com

I have a piece on blogging and my little sister has one on her recent journey back to the big smoke. Enjoy!!

Deception – is it ever ok?

As I attempt to feed 6mouths each day I find myself in constant discussion about the quality and variety and affordability of our food. It is easy to buy a whole range of ready made goodies to get through a meal time. Take store bought pasta sauce – a true God send and a must in my pantry. It is a true staple that I find myself using for pasta, soup, casseroles, curries…you name it, if it needs a tomato base I use it!
But when you find yourself time poor you can take many short cuts that tend to end up in highly processed high fat food being served at your table.
When I am being really committed to good food I am aware of ALL the ingredients going into the meal – so yes it means free range eggs, fresh spinach (not frozen), home made bread, whole foods. And this is a real challenge because the kids are fussy.
But for those of you who have even glanced at this newish book from comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s wife, Jessica you will know that it takes the basics of good, kid friendly food and endeavours to deceive. I was intrigued….so I dedicated some of my child free time at Borders one day to have a coffee and read the book.
Is it good? Well it is nicely presented. It has a range of good ideas. But do you really feel good about deceiving your kids. Spinach in the brownies? How long can you add purees to basic dishes – when they are 2, 10, 35 years old? At some point they need to experience texture, new tastes and cope with the lumps and bumps and mouth feel of good food.
I am an advocate of the food processor. It saves me time and allows me to add dozens of vegetables to bulk up a pasta sauce. But at the end of the day I think the kids need to know what they are eating.
Tonight we had a red curry made with Chicken, potatoes, peas and coriander. It was quite spicy but with a few spoon fulls of natural yogurt and some streamed rice everyone ate it…even the two year old.
So don’t deceive them, simply feed them!